As a 501(c)4 charitable organization, the mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. In Lane County, primary activities include implementation of education programs and events for public awareness and community building. The Eugene Springfield NAACP also coordinates institutional collaborations to increase cultural inclusion.
Established in 1909 to protect the safety and human rights of America’s population of People of Color, the NAACP founded its first branch in Southern Oregon (Eugene) in 1976. While it services Lane County, it also maintains a leadership role in the State of Oregon and provides support to other regional offices. This is in part due to the leadership of its management and priorities set by its Education Committee.